Cleveland Browns vs. the NFC South – Saints, Panthers, Falcons and, Buccaneers
While the NFC South isn’t the worst division to draw for the 2022 season, you still get stuck playing Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Browns will travel to Carolina and Atlanta to play the Panthers and Falcons, and they will host the New Orleans Saints and Buccaneers at home.
It’s easy to say that Brady will be another year older and the Bucs may take a step backward, but we’ve been saying that for 10 years. The bottom line, the Buccaneers are going to attract veteran talent who’s willing to play for less and will be very difficult to beat.
The rest of the division is going to be very winnable though. The Saints and Panthers both enter the season with huge question marks at quarterback. Jameis Winston is a free agent and coming off an ACL injury, while Sam Darnold just didn’t work out for the Panthers in 2021. There is a good chance both are back for 2022, and there is a good chance that neither team is extremely competitive.
The Falcons are always a wild card. They will lose to someone they have no business losing to, but then they will turn around and beat the Kansas City Chiefs by 30 points. They are just strange, but with Matt Ryan at quarterback, they usually at least have a chance to win every single game.
3-1 vs. the NFC South is easily attainable, but the team must be careful to not go 2-2.